Should writers resist embargo rules?

In a provocative Embargo Watch post, Ivan Oransky draws a parallel between the current debate over national security leaks and the practice of embargo agreements for science news, which he calls "a case of journalists agreeing to let powerful institutions dictate terms of coverage in exchange for early access." In both cases, he writes, technology makes old practices obsolete. "If this comparison makes my science journalism colleagues — and me — uncomfortable, good."